Testing the Limits: Solar Panels Designed to Resist Hail Damage

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August 22, 2022

When it comes to testing the resilience of solar panels against hail, WINAICO is a trailblazer. In fact, WINAICO was one of the world’s first solar manufacturers to successfully pass what is currently TÜV-Rheinland’s toughest hail test—a testament to their commitment to pushing the boundaries of durability.

The Ultimate Hail Simulation

To put it into perspective, standard hail tests typically involve a 25mm projectile hurled at a speed of 23 meters per second. It’s a rigorous test by any measure, but WINAICO aimed higher. 

In their most recent simulation testing the WST-NGX series solar panels, they used a 35mm ice ball traveling at a staggering 28 metres per second (equivalent to about 100 kilometers per hour). This hail simulation subjected a solar module to the impact of 11 ice balls, striking different areas across the front surface.

Using the kinetic energy equation, the combination of the larger ice ball and higher speed equates to 4 times the impact capacity compared to a standard IEC test. The impact resistance reflects the engineering design principles that go into all of WINAICO’s products. 

As the weather changes with more ferocious storms coming more frequently, designing modules that can handle them now is critical for solar panel longevity. Our motto “Power to Perform” is instilled into our products and reflected in our advanced testing procedures.

The WINAICO Advantage

The outcome of this rigorous testing is clear: WINAICO’s solar panels are built to withstand the fiercest hailstorms. This level of durability is particularly critical in regions prone to severe hail, where the integrity of solar panels can mean the difference between a costly replacement and continued energy production.

So, when you choose WINAICO’s solar panels, you’re not just investing in solar technology; you’re investing in peace of mind. Your solar energy system will stand strong, even in the face of nature’s most relentless challenges. With WINAICO’s commitment to innovation and durability, you can harness the power of the sun without worrying about the storm.

Solar Panel Hail Resistance

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